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  1. News - World - ENERGY

    Russia-China pipeline gas deal more likely after Ukraine political crisis

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... increased the importance of Russia's relationship with China, its largest trade partner outside the European Union and the only country in the United Nations Security Council not to censure its ... National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) chairman Zhou Jiping in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss the terms of a deal. CNPC expected to sign a contract with Gazprom "as soon as possible" and talks ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Central banks' investment in yuan puts currency nearer reserve status

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:38am by Jeanny Yu

    ... that of developed nations grew 200 per cent, according to IMF data. Pihlman said "a great number of central banks are in the process of adding [yuan] to their portfolios". "The [yuan] has ... on the size of the quota and the length of the lock-up period. The quotas to the interbank bond markets given to central banks are not publicly known, but some of those announced by investing central ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: Asia's Cauldron, the South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... importance: 60,000 vessels a year pass through the Straits of Malacca, including tankers holding 13 billion barrels of petroleum. The South China Sea's fish stocks may account for as much as 10 ... decades and immediately beyond, will likely have to pass," he writes. "A more anxious, complicated world awaits us." The book is well researched in terms of history and the present. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Hong Kong to consider increasing electricity imports in energy mix consultation

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 06:34pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... to future power supply Hong Kong has to look for more sources of power from the mainland to help attain its emission-reduction goals, but substantial expansion of nuclear energy imports might be out of question in the short-term, according to a source close to the government. An electricity-import option will be among proposals tabled in a public consultation process the Environment Bureau ...

  5. News - World - UKRAINE

    Pro-Russian separatists defiant ahead of Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 10:06pm by AFP

    ... Watch: Tension in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine The authorities in Kiev ratcheted up the verbal attacks on Russia, with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accusing Moscow of trying to build "a ... war," the Kremlin said. But both Putin and Merkel "emphasised the importance" of today's talks. The Kremlin described the actions of the Ukrainian army ...

  6. Business - Economy

    PBOC at the ready on growth goal: chief

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... that will allow direct share trading between the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. The so-called through train scheme, which will let mainlanders trade a total quota of 250 billion yuan (HK$314.2 ... boost cross-border use of the yuan, helping it become a more convertible currency. Joint efforts with other authorities and ministries were important when financial reforms were under way, he ...

  7. News - China - baby FORMULA

    Food import inspections increased after claims sell-by dates changed on baby formula

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:23pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... and safety watchdog has stepped up inspections of all imported food after allegations that the expiry dates on some baby formula produced by an Australian company had been tampered with. Chen Xitong, ... tins of the milk formula brand Ozmilko, produced by OZDairy Foods. The report did not make clear which companies had imported the powder into the mainland. The authorities allege ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    City must reduce reliance on Dongjiang water, John Tsang says

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 06:16am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com 'Reduce reliance on Guangdong water' Seawater desalination is an important future source of water supply for Hong Kong, Financial Secretary John ... the public to look towards the north of the border for "a stable supply" of another basic resource: electricity. Seawater desalination was adopted by the colonial government in the 1970s ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How democracy changed Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by Regina Ip

    ... Regina Ip Regina Ip says as well as politicising important issues and polarising society, loosening the elite's grip on power has had some unexpected side effects, which all bodes ill ... otherwise professional discussion of issues and polarise society; how members of the Legislative Council would "play to the gallery" and Legco would become "a dreary talk shop". ...

  10. Sport - China - BADMINTON

    New quota on players a setback for China's Olympic badminton hopes

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 10:55pm by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com New quota a setback for China's Olympic hopes Powerhouse China will be under pressure to try to maintain their stranglehold on the Olympic Games after the World Badminton Federation reduced the number of qualification quotas for next summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro. China sent maximum quotas of three men's and women's players ...




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